Spring Migration Celebration

The birds are flocking to League City for their annual spring migration. Celebrate this momentous trek by taking the 2022 Spring Migration Birding Challenge, checking out special events and activities in League City during the month of April, and exploring local stops on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.

Summer Tanager
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Painted Bunting
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Ruby Throated Hummingbird copy
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Purple Martin
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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
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Northern Parula
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Indigo Bunting
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Black and White Warbler
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Baltimore Oriole
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Take the Spring Migration Birding Challenge!

Hundreds of bird species stop in League City during spring migration.  Discover more about spring migration and the birds you might see with the Spring Migration Birding Challenge. It features nine spring migrants that visit League City during their journey.

Download and print a copy of the challenge, or pick up a copy at City Hall, Helen Hall Library, or Hometown Heroes park.


Spring Migration Activities & Events

Film, Food Trucks, and Feathers

April 8 • 5 p.m. • Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside 
Grab a chair and bring your family to this fun outdoor movie night.  Arrive at 5 p.m. to grab a copy of the birding challenge and walk the Feathered Friends Trail. On the trail you'll learn fascinating bird facts from special signage along the way and have an opportunity to earn a Birding Badge. A cornhole tournament begins at 7 p.m., and at 8 p.m. there will be an outdoor showing of the movie “Rio.” Food trucks will be on site from 6 to 9 p.m. for those who want a meal while they enjoy the film, plus free popcorn and lemonade courtesy of the City of League City.


Wildlife Stewardship Presentation

April 9 • 10 a.m. to noon • Helen Hall Library 

The Wildlife Center of Texas will be giving a presentation about responsible wildlife stewardship and rehabilitation at Helen Hall Library. The group will bring along 1 or 2 animal "Wildlife Ambassadors." The presentation is free and open to the public. All ages welcome.


Kid-Friendly Birding Activities

April 9 • 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. • Nature Center & Rustic Oaks Park

Kristine Rivers—a Texas Master Naturalist—will host a kid-friendly nature walk where kids can learn the basics of birding at the Clear Creek Nature Center from 9 to 11 a.m. Later in the day, Kristine will teach nature arts and crafts from 2 to 4 p.m. at Rustic Oaks Park. No registration required.


Facebook Live Chat with Houston Audubon Birding Expert

April 13 • 1 p.m. • City of League City Facebook Page

If you can't attend an in-person event, that's ok. The City of League City will broadcast a Facebook Live chat with a Houston Audubon birding expert who will talk all things birding and migration. Set your calendar reminder to tune in.

Houston Audubon "Bird-Friendly Spaces" Program

April 16 • 10 a.m. • Helen Hall Library

This program will teach residents about spring migration and how to create spaces that will attract birds. There will be bird-related crafts for kids, as well.

Bird Walk for Adults

April 30 • 9  to 11 a.m. • Clear Creek Nature Center 

Adults are invited to register for an in-depth guided bird walk with expert birder, Kristine Rivers. Please register for the event here


Rio Movie

Spring Migration 101

What is spring migration?

Spring migration is an annual event, usually occurring between February and May, where millions of birds travel long distances to their breeding grounds. They migrate north in spring due to the abundance of food, shelter, and nesting opportunities that accompany the warming weather. Many of the migratory birds visiting League City have traveled from Central and South America, stopping to rest and refuel before completing their journey.




Why is League City important for migrating birds?

Bird migration is observed through “flyways,” which are like bird highways in the sky. League City sits at the intersection of the Central and Mississippi flyways, a location that is especially hospitable to migrating birds. This unique position makes League City a world-class destination to experience both spring and fall migration.















Where can I find spring migrants in League City?

League City is part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail and has both official and unofficial birding sites.


Official Birding Trail Sites in League City


Additional Birding Sites

Baltimore Oriole
Nature Center

Clear Creek Nature Center

New to Birding?

Download or print a copy of League City's Birding 101 guide to learn the basics of birding.